D&D 5E Favorite Unusual Races/Lineages


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Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
There is a playable Satyr now (thanks to Theros), but I was able to kitbash one by picking Alternate Tiefling Abilities and going Bard. I didn't get the Satyr Pipes but I could have asked my DM to let me "re-tool" a Pipes of the Sewers or similar magic pipes.

Gotta work on my role-play for Trait: I want to be the life of every party.

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Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?

I was about to answer the question, and then found myself saying, well, I have never really played a tortle before, but I have made a character. (Just in case I get the chance! ;) )
 

BookTenTiger

He / Him
Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?

I was about to answer the question, and then found myself saying, well, I have never really played a tortle before, but I have made a character. (Just in case I get the chance! ;) )
I am playing a Goblin Paladin now, and I've played in a campaign with a Warforged Monk, and another campaign with a Tortle Bard.
 


kobolds seem to be commonly liked I wonder why as I do not see the appeal?
Underdog little guys who survive against the odds. You're the absolute underdog, weaker than goblins, but still they survive to the point they're a dragon's chosen servents. There's also a.... Large number of people who are way too horny on main for them.

Anywho, I love unusual stuff

1: Saurials (In concept). I love dinosaurs. I am a crazed cackling madman whenever it comes up. So, Saurials are my jam. Except.... Except their whole thing about not being able to talk is just annoying in this day and age, the scent thing really doesn't work from any logical standpoint, they're never used and the one big saurial who shows up more than once is an outdated 70s depiction so bad it takes me a good long while to even find a genus it should be. Seriously, Dragonbait looks like he belongs in one of those cheapo dinosaur amusement attractions, somewhere between the Jurassic Park raptors and the Stegoslug. If I can't get modern dinosaur-esque reconstructions, I at least want Dinotopia-esque stuff, not a lumposaurus. And also, where are the fricking dromaeosaur and "Whatever suitably large grouping includes Giganotosaurus and Tyrannosaurus" and spinosaur ones?
2: Thri-kreen. Just, love these mantids. Unique vibe to them and recognisably alien mindset
3: Gnolls. No clue why I like them, but I do. Their 4E stuff was aslo really good which made the 5e depiction, hurt.
4: Bladelings. Who remembers Bladelings? Obscure as heck race from 2E who were just, sort of there to fill in flavour for the planes. Blame 4E for me liking them again. A god turns them into living weapons and then betrays them so they decide "Nuts to this" and go off on their own? I love it.
 

Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?

I was about to answer the question, and then found myself saying, well, I have never really played a tortle before, but I have made a character. (Just in case I get the chance! ;) )

No, I've never actually had a good chance to play a Tortle. I just like them. I have a Tortle druid all ready (will be Circle of Dreams).
 

Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?

I was about to answer the question, and then found myself saying, well, I have never really played a tortle before, but I have made a character. (Just in case I get the chance! ;) )
Sort of. It was a changeling like character back in 2e.
 

Paul Smart

Explorer
Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?
Yes, I have. I played a Tortle Wizard about 2 years ago. I played a Lizard Person fighter before that. I have a changeling soul knife ready to go and am currently playing an Assimiar Celestial Warlock. Before I moved I also played a Genasi Bard. He was fun.
 


Arilyn

Hero
Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?

I was about to answer the question, and then found myself saying, well, I have never really played a tortle before, but I have made a character. (Just in case I get the chance! ;) )
Yes to Changeling, Kalashtar, Eladrin and Firbolg. No tortle yet, alas.
 

Azzy

KMF DM
Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?

I was about to answer the question, and then found myself saying, well, I have never really played a tortle before, but I have made a character. (Just in case I get the chance! ;) )
I've played a (fire) genasi.
 


RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?

I was about to answer the question, and then found myself saying, well, I have never really played a tortle before, but I have made a character. (Just in case I get the chance! ;) )
I’ve played most of the races that I listed, including a Tortle.

She was an old and grizzled Artillerist Artificer named Bakara and I played her a bit like a Krogan from Mass Effect, liking to create weapons and tanks while having some magical capabilities. She also attached her eldritch cannons onto her back like a blastoise.

She was a secondary character in one of my groups big campaign so she didn’t get to shine as much as my Thri-Kreen Artificer (I really like Artificers). I still had fun with her though and would like to recreate her again.
 

Khelon Testudo

Cleric of Stronmaus
Grung - scout rogue, currently level 5 in a campaign
Minotaur - 4e paladin, played from level 1 to 30.
Tortle - storm cleric, rocked around Chult for a few levels.
Gnoll - ranger, levels 1-8 out of the Abyss.

Next character might be a Yuan-ti warlock? I would have played it in my current game, except the module title clearly implied that the big bad would likely be snake-men or similar, and I don't like stealing the DM's thunder.
 
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Githzerai - only if psionics are in play
Warforged - not of the Eberron variety specifically; I just like the concept of a sentient machine in a fantasy setting. I had a 2E character that was inspired by the Clockwork Swordsman monster.
Kenku - birds are cool.
Djinn - genasi are neat too, but I liked genies first.
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
Honest question for anyone who has answered: Have you actually played a campaign with all the races you have answered with?
Gnome: Yep. I've played one, played alongside one, and DMed for a player that played one.
Warforged: Also yes. I've DMed for one, but haven't yet played as one. (Although I have made a lot of Warforged characters that I would readily play if given the opportunity.)
Lizardfolk: No, actually. Again, I have created multiple characters of this race that I would readily play if I wasn't the Forever DM, but I haven't played as one, with one, or DMed for one in any of my campaigns so far.
 

TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
I've always severely gravitated towards pretty conventional races. I'd say a solid 75% of my characters were either humans or dwarves. The only unusual race I've enjoyed and came back to several time is Lizardfolk. Can't really find a logical reasoning, but I think they're awesome. Led me to make some pretty rash and event-provoking decisions because they're so feral and instinct-driven.
 


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